Set Up Signposts. Make Landmarks.
Five months ago Cancer forced his way, uninvited, into my home. He took the best seat in the sitting room, put his feet up on the coffee table, demanded the remote control and settled in. He lounged at my dining table and took over the ordering of my kitchen. He is a most demanding guest who takes all and gives nothing in return. He commandeered the diary and the schedule, dictates the when and the where. He bullies and intimidates with his continual, ‘What if…’ He delights to narrow my life.
But Jesus also lives in my home, quieter and undemanding. He lives and loves to give. He is waiting by the front door to welcome me when I come home and to wave me off when I go out. He waits at the top of the stairs when I go up and at the foot when I go down. He is in every room, behind every door, seated on the bed beside me as I sleep. He laughs, encourages, teases, strengthens and blesses. When I turn round, He is always there; when I murmur, He always hears. He wraps His heart around my every thought and feeling and whispers, ‘Trust Me, Tell Me…’ when I feel my spirits fail. He delights to bring me into a broad and spacious place.
I invited Jesus into my home. I did not invite Cancer and I cannot evict him. But I do have a Choice. I can choose which of these two guests holds my gaze.
“I will serve no foreign god
Nor any other treasure
For you are my heart’s desire
The spirit without measure
Unto your name,
I will bring my sacrifice…”
And thus will I set up a signpost…
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